Close-ups in photography can be mesmerizing, capturing your attention and teaching you so much about the subject-in-focus. You just don’t know what things are really like until you get up-close and personal. You discover a tiny world, with all sorts of moving parts and details. I’m so thankful for what a good camera and can do.
6 You desire truth in the inward being; therefore teach me wisdom in my secret heart. —Psalm 51
6 But whenever you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you. —Matthew 6
You’d never know that was a form of moss in the picture above. What looks like blowing-blades-of-grass is actually smaller than the hairs on your arm. The two scriptures above work together in that the “moss” is our inward being (soul) and ‘secret heart’ and prayer is the “camera” (or magnifying glass, etc.) that brings our inner life into focus.
We can withdraw, away from those things that distract us or tempt us, and we draw close to God through prayer (a communing relationship of both talking and listening). When we spend time in prayer—especially during the ‘listening’ part—we come to know ourselves better because God has a captive audience to which he can speak wisdom and peace to.
Prayer brings life—both ourselves and our world—into focus and helps us to understand it’s tiny parts and details. So look in; use God’s camera to discover the more intimate parts of your heart and begin enjoying your life in a deeper way.